LG G3 leaks out: Quad HD display likely, polycarbonate body

Samsung and HTC have already launched their flagship smartphones for 2014, Sony has unveiled (but it’s not yet shipping) its Xperia Z2, and it seems like LG is the sole company in this circle of major Android phone makers that has not yet announced its 2014 contender.

The LG G3 - the rumored name for this yet unofficial device - has leaked out time and time again, but this time around we have one of the most comprehensive looks at it, coming from an inside source, who has allegedly seen the G3 and spilled the beans to Bulgarian blog Nixanbal. The blog has a short, but good track record with such leaks, but keep in mind that - as with all rumors - nothing is official, so you'd do good to take it with a healthy grain of salt.

With this in mind, what we learn is that the LG G3 is very likely to sport a Quad HD (2560 x 1440-pixel) display. The source, who has allegedly seen the device, describes the display as ‘impressive’, but not just for its sharpness. Chances are that this will indeed be a 5.5-inch screen, but put inside a body as compact as the one of the 5.1-inch Samsung Galaxy S5. LG has allegedly achieved this by minimizing screen bezel on all sides drastically.

The design of the LG G3, on the other hand, is said to continue the traditions of the G2, with a polycarbonate body and buttons on the back of the phone. This time around, though, we are likely to see a smooth matte plastic finish in lieu of the glossy one of the G2. Moreover, the LG G3 plastic back will have an underlying pattern reminiscent of the brushed finish on the new HTC One (M8). With the G3, LG is said to have opted for a removable back cover. Having an easily removable back cover is often a pre-requisite (and a very good indication) for the likely presence of an expandable memory via a microSD card slot.

The LG G3 feature no buttons on the front (the phone allegedly uses on-screen navigation keys), while the rear keys are placed in the center-back, however, the buttons themselves are smaller than the ones on LG’s 2013 flagship. An LED light is said to be built in the lock key, another neat new addition.

We don’t know much about the camera, but the mockup of the G3 above shows that it does feature a new, dual-shot flash light on the right, and something that looks like an infra-red (IR) beamer on the left.

Finally, expectations are that LG will officially unveil the G3 in just a month - in May. If so, the LG G3 will become the first Quad HD smartphone from a non-Chinese company.

source: Nixanbal (translated)

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1. AndroidStuff

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

LG G3 is just Amazing !!! Thumbs up if you think G3 will kick M8-S5-Z2 :)

3. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

Thumbs up ??? GTF out...

5. AndroidStuff

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

now you cant resist that your fav brand is going to be kicked :D lg g2 was amazing now g3 is going to be awesome

13. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

if the rumors are true, then there is no way the G3 will compete against the likes of M8, S5 and Z2, since 5.5" is considered a phablet. No matter how much they try to reduce the bezel, 5.5" is wide enough to ne considered a phablet in everyone's vocab.

14. Victor.H

Posts: 1062; Member since: May 27, 2011

It's worrisome to see display growing larger and larger, but if LG indeed manages to put a 5.5" phone in a body as large as the S5 I would not call this a phablet. The lines are blurring.

16. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

true, but still it isn't just about the size of the handset, you have to take into consideration that it will be almost impossible for the average person to reach the top corner of a 5.5" screen, no matter how slim the bezels are.

20. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

So if LG makes it smaller than S5 but with larger screen, LG is making a phablet and Samsung not?

25. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

So? How many people use an 4.8" and over Android smartphone with one hand? Besides, I rarely have to be in the top corner since the keyboard is on the bottom.

61. wolfsaviorzx unregistered

For most men it's not a problem.

84. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Not really. I thought they would come up with a way by now to shrink the screen through software alone. All they need to do to shrink the screen is to slap a Smart Cover frame on it. Sure the current Smart Cover windows are like 3 inches diagonal or less but there is nothing stopping them from releasing a 4 inch one or 5 inch one or whatever sized frame you want. I really thought that Samsung would have done scalable screen sizes with no bezels on the GS5 by now, since this technology works best with AMOLED displays since the unused portions of the screen would be pure black and actually look like real bezels. They missed the opportunity though. Now Apple will probably do it with the iPhone 6. I am guessing 4.7 inch screen at the same size as the 5s. But with a setting to change it to 4 inches if you really want smaller.

106. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

The Note 3 already does this (may be others as well). When enabled you simply swipe left to right or right to left from the edge of the screen and it gives you a scalable screen with back button, home, volume, everything you need for one handed use. http://androidadvices.com/samsung-galaxy-note-3-one-hand-shrink-display/#.U1cCrPldWkg

47. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

If you go by the phone phisical size (and not by screen size) you are going to see that the G3 is going to be about the same size of the S5 phone, and way smaller than the M8 and Z2 (phablets).

27. SleepingOz unregistered

The G2 was competing with the Note3, which is a better device, since they were released during the same period. The G2Pro is competing with the S5. And the G3 will compete with the Note4, which I reckon will be a better device like the Note3 to the G2.

45. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Going by release dates you are right, but in reality the G2Pro was released to compete against the N3 and the G3 is going to be released to compete with the S5.

30. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

The G3 deserves a thumbs up.

76. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012


7. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

The S5 will still sell more.

17. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

but it doesnt mean s5 is better than others.. most of the ppl buy s5 bcuz its popular

33. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

...and its popular because its a complete all-round phone. A phone with great display (displaymate), stunning battery endurance(PA, gsmarena, XDA), Samsung's very good customer service with significant global presence, great software features (display with gloves on/multi window, $500 free goodies), great software updates track record (gone even stronger with recent knot with google) and lastly, loads of accessories.

35. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Yeah I love my S5 but I will definitely get a G3 if it satisfies battery life, UI, and general specs. LG's flagship phones usually have awesome battery tech so no one has to be worried about that :D I'm guessing at LEAST 3300 mAh.

102. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

its actually 3600mAh some source says its 4000mAh REMOVABLE!

40. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

and most of the ppl dont know that features. other phones also have great displays great cameras lots of accessories and better looking desgns, most of great software features are gimmick you dont use every single software features bcuz they r useless.plus display mate says its the best display but you cannot distinguish the difference in real life.

85. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Other phones are actually way too big, have poor ergonomics, rattling volume rockers etc that the fan boys choose to ignore because they hate Samsung enough to overlook those flaws. To be fair LG is pretty good though and usually on par or better than Samsung. Suck TC, Sony, and Motorola though...hell no IMO. Not even close.

105. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012


103. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Average customer buys the S5 because it has the name of the iPhone. And I don't really care if the S5 is going to sell more or not, as long as LG doesn't go in red.

104. SubtleOne

Posts: 15; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

It's popular because Samsung has spent an absolute record amount in advertising.

41. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Yes. More people are going to buy Galaxy's but for the same reason more people also buy iPhones. Not because are better but just because they are the new Galaxy's or the new iPhones.

46. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

exactly... samsung is the new apple now. in my country everybody use samsung galaxy devices but most of them buy it for its name just like apple...

86. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

No because they are better. The butt hurt fan boys just don't want to accept it.

108. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

Better is a matter of opinion. Whats better for one person isn't always better for others. Different ppl have different needs and preferences. No single phone is perfect for everyone.

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